Patti has been adopted and is home with her family!
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child, sibling set, group of children, or multiple single children with you who are available for adoption and listed through the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow. All the kids listed on RR from Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India, the focus of my previous posts, have been posted about, so now I am focusing on a few kids or a sibling group listed on the site each Friday going forward. When more SCH kids are listed, I’ll continue to feature them!
Please note, the names used on RR are usually not the childrens’ real names, and their real names will only be shared with seriously interested families in order to protect their identity.
Yesterday was World Spina Bifida Day! Follow the link to learn more! In honor of this, today I am going to feature 2 girls and 1 boy who have the condition.
A brief description of the condition:
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It falls under the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Normally, the neural tube forms early in pregnancy, and it closes by the 28th day after conception. In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine. Spina bifida can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of defect, size, location and complications. When early treatment for spina bifida is necessary, it’s done surgically, although such treatment doesn’t always completely resolve the problem.Source
The first featured kid of the day is Becky! Let’s find her family! Becky was born in 2015 and listed on RR in May 2018. She lives in an Eastern European country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by single moms and large families!
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PD: Becky looks straight into the camera wearing an orange shirt. She has short, dark brown or black hair & deep, soulful brown eyes.
Medical About Becky
Other information About Becky
Becky is described as a calm child with a positive emotional tone. She is able to demonstrate various reactions of content and discontent. She smiles when spoken to and laughs out loud when jested. Becky recognizes her caregivers and calls them by name. She is sociable and loves being around adults and other children in her group.
A significant increase of words in her passive and active vocabulary has been observed in recent months. The number of words she can pronounce is constantly increasing. She understands adults’ speech and answers questions appropriately. She initiates verbal interaction on her own and performs simple instructions. Becky enjoys playing with toys, and she can play continuously with them in accordance with their purpose. Becky is not a picky eater who has good appetite and is gaining weight. Her sleep is calm.
Family on the Way!
The third featured kid of the day is Myrtie! Let’s find his family! Myrtie was born in 2014 and listed on RR earlier this year in February 2018. He lives in an Eastern European country and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by single moms, older parents, and large families!
PD: Myrtie sits on a ride-on car toy, wearing a red checked shirt & blue jeans. He has a curious expression, brown eyes, & short brown hair.
Medical About Myrtie
Myrtie has been diagnosed with the following: Arnold-Chiari malformation; internal hydrocephalus (no note whether this has been treated); spina bifida aperta causing bottom paraplegia; neurogenic bladder disorder and recurrent urinary tract infections (likely complications of his SB); and iron deficiency anemia (no note whether this is being treated).
More information About Myrtie
Myrtie demonstrates the following abilities: carries out conversations on target for his age; adequately asks and answers questions; demonstrates his likes and dislikes and gives warnings (“Don’t touch my car!”); learns very fast (he learned left and right in 20 minutes). He is described as full of a little cute man’s personality and is said to be very bright. Additional photos and video are available of him!
Myrtie’s fine-motor skills are on-target. He transfers toys from one hand to the other and plays according to their purpose. A palm-grip with opposing thumb is developed. He fits simple shapes into containers and has a top pincer grip, also. Myrtie’s attention is stable in group and individual activities, as well as in long interactions with an adult. He can reproduce information and knows his routine. He is described as playful and enjoys all kinds of toys, but his favorites make sounds. He can throw and catch a ball with his entire palm. He likes listening to tales about animals and books being read. He makes attempts to self-feed, has a very good appetite, and enjoys healthy and calm sleep.
Myrtie is an emotionally healthy child with more than basic knowledge. He is sensitive, emotional, and expresses different feelings adequately. He’s happy when praised and makes different social hand gestures. He can recognize a “stranger” from a familiar person or caretaker, expresses gratitude, and has a mostly-positive personality and emotional tone with no signs of aggression or auto-aggression. He can combine words into complete, simple sentences, knows and calls other children and staff by name, answers adults’ questions, can be convinced with words, and also makes attempts to ask simple questions. He carries out verbal instructions and complies with orders for consecutive actions. He has just begun forming opinions of his own.
PD: Myrtie sits in an activity walker, interacting w/ some of the activities. He has a shy smile & wears the same red plaid shirt & blue jeans as the first photo.
This week’s third featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Patti! Let’s find her family! Patti was born in 2008 and listed on RR in May 2018. She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by single moms!
PD: Patti sits in her wheelchair, wearing a white shirt w/ pink doodad in her hair, pulled back into pigtails. She is looking pensively off camera. Patti has black hair w/ fringe/bangs & dark-brown, almond-shaped eyes.
All About Patti
Patti has been diagnosed with spina bifida; kidney issues including hydronephrosis; and lower extremity paralysis, most likely caused by her spina bifida. It is unclear if her spina bifida has been operated on, or if she will need surgeries in the US or abroad if adopted. Patti is a sweet 10-year-old (in 2018) who has been through some tragic experiences. She was hosted in the US in 2015, and her file was later prepared for adoption. In 2015, her host family states she had great self-care skills, could crawl, and wheeled her own chair. She is very smart and gentle. In her recent pictures, it looks as if Patti has lost her spirit. She is known to stay a little sicker than her peers. Patti is in need of a family to help her reach her potential and seek care for her urological issues. Her placing agency has videos and more pictures available.
I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant
PD: Patti sits in her wheelchair, wearing a pink Rapunzel princess dress over a pink t-shirt & flowered pants. She smiles slightly, holding a purse around her w/ 1 hand & waving w/ the other. She has a pink clip in her short hair & a slight smile.